Should you prune waratah's and azalias after flowering?
Should you prune waratah's and azalias after flowering Thank you Heather
It is good practice to prune waratahs and azaleas immediately after flowering to encourage plant density and more flowers. Three quarters of a waratah's growth can be removed to promote rejuvenation. Did you know.... The easiest way to propagate Waratahs is from seed the fresher the better but it is also possible to strike them from cuttings. Seedling plants take about five years to flower, while cuttings may take only two years. Seed pods take about six months to mature, at which time they turn brown and split open. Seeds are winged for wind dispersal and there may be more than 250 seeds on one flowerhead in a good year. Prune azaleas back by one third. Prune azaleas soon after they bloom in the spring or early summer. The perfect time is when spent flowers begin to discolor and shrivel. Cutting them back in late summer, fall, or winter will remove flowerbuds and keep them from blooming Both plants can be fertilised afterwards with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. It's certified organic and will help create a nutrient rich soil for better root growth, stronger plants and more flowers and fruit! It can be used on gardens all year round, including native plants.
Answered: 8 Nov, 2011